MADISON, Wis. (1/20/09)--The Wisconsin 2009 Government Affairs Conference (GAC) kicks off today in Madison, running through Wednesday. Conference highlights include:
* Office visits with all 132 lawmakers’ offices; * Activist training for novice activists that will provide guidance on how attendees can concisely and effectively tell their stories at the Capitol; * A panel discussion for veteran activists focusing on the state budget and its $5 billion deficit. Sitting on the panel will be David Schmiedicke, budget director for Wisconsin; Todd Berry, president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance; Joint Finance staff from the legislature; and Jeff Mayers, from WisPolitics, who will serve as moderator; * Speakers, including new Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Tom Nelson (D-Kaukana), new Assembly Chairman Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee), Senate Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), Senate Minority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), and John Coleman and David Cannon, political science professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and * A reception held to network with lawmakers and state officials.
A copy of the Wisconsin Credit Union 2008 Annual Report, which is a synopsis of how Wisconsin credit unions served their communities and 2.2 million members, will be distributed to all Wisconsin lawmakers at the GAC. To see the report, use the link.